Original Paintings from Japanese legend Ozuma Kaname.....


Ozuma Kaname needs no introduction here. A contemporary of Horiyoshi III, Kaname's body of work consist primarily of nude women brandishing stunning wabori - Japanese style tattooing, and images of tattoo iconography. His dragons and Buddhist deities have found their way not only into his impressive tomes but into mainstream Japanese culture as well. His artwork can be found on jigsaw puzzles and postcards. As the tattoo culture on the whole here in Japan is still very taboo, this is quite an impressive feat.

I met Ozuma sensei several years back at one of his gallery shows here in Tokyo. Later I was invited to his studio outside of Tokyo. The small two room apartment was filled floor to ceiling with his art...none of it actually on display, just stacked on shelves and in boxes. He expressed the desire to sell some of it and I offered to help by translating and doing write ups. The information about the pieces below is from the sensei himself...he doesn't remember exactly when these were painted but I got as much relevant info as I could think to ask, fine art not being my area of expertise. Prices were set by Kaname himself and payment will go to him, via bank transfer. I will oversee shipping and can help with any and all details. Please understand that I am aware that these paintings are not cheap, but serious inquires will be considered. These illustrations will only appreciate in value and are truly a piece of Japanese history.

 

Please email Crystal at info@gominekobooks.com for additional information.

Dragon and Waves

size: 72.7 x 53. cm unframed

painted on silk with Japanese Sumi and ganryo inks

USD 13,750

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of the Leu Family by Aia Leu

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Size: 28.5 x 24.5 cm - Pages: 192 - Published: 2013 - Price: $62 - Binding: Softcover


This book is a brilliant little window into the vibrant world that is the Leu family. The artwork within reflects the nature of the individuals who conceived it and illustrates the talent and energy that drives this family, now four generations strong, to continue create and share.

...from the inside cover.....

With a unique approach, this colourful book illustrates the work of a creative family of artists from Switzerland, spanning the years 1953 to the present. Eva Aeppli the first wife of Jean Tinguely, was the artistic pioneer of the family. Her children are Felix Leu aka Don Feliz and Miriam Tinguely.

Felix went on with his wife Loretta Leu aka Y Maria to raise a family, many of them artists who with their partners work in a wide variety of styles. The collection contains selections from Eva Aeppli's life work. Don Feliz's surrealistic psychedelic art, the mandala art of Y Maria, works from Miriam Tinguely, Filip Leu, Titine K-Leu, Aia Leu, Tanina Munchkina, Ajja S.F. Leu and some pieces by other members of the family.

Featuring a diversity of art with drawings, etchings, watercolours, paintings and sculptures from the many artists in this family. Throughout the generations represented here there has also been a tradition of collaborative works of art, and a selection of these are included.

 

The Woodcut Portraits by Alex Binnie

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Size: 10” x 13” - Pages: 72 - Published: 2012 - Price: $60 - Binding: Hardcover


The culmination of 3 years work, Binnie's inspired woodcut series is now available in book form. 32 portraits of his friends and colleagues in the tattoo world, plus 3 torsos and 1 skull. An introduction by Alex links the great traditions of tattooing and printmaking, an amazing foreword by Henk Schiffmacher and a short bio of the people pictured completes the project. the 32 include – Tomas Tomas, Duncan X, Freddy Corbin, Filip Leu, Tim Lehi, George Bone, Thomas Hooper and Jondix. Limited run of 1000 so once they are gone they are gone.

 

Shienrenjo by Ozuma Kaname

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 129 - Published: 2007 - Price: $120 - Binding: Softcover


This is a brand new, beautiful copy of Ozuma Kaname's SHIENRENJO. Born in Niigata, Japan in 1939 Kaname's art draws from traditional Japanese themes - gods and demons. The majority of his prints are designed for tattooing, and his work is often used by master tattooist Horiyoshi III, who's customers, in turn, often model for Kaname . This fourth collection of works is vivid. It is very similar to his 2nd book, TATTOOING - predominately Japanese Shibari - all the women are bound. As a matter of fact, all of you still looking for a copy of TATTOOING that won't run you $500.00+ you will be very pleased with this book. No text, all paintings.....this is a first edition, and copies are limited.

 

Tattooing - Ozuma Kaname OOP

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 142 - Published: 2000 - Price: $575 - Binding: Hardcover w/box


This is a beautiful, mint condition copy of Ozuma Kaname's 2nd book TATTOOING. Incredibly hard to get, I happened across this copy in a bookstore that specializes in rare/hard to find books.

Born in Niigata, Japan in 1939, Ozuma Kaname's art draws from traditional Japanese themes - gods and demons. The majority of his prints are designed for tattooing, and his work often inspires master tattooist Horiyoshi III, and he, in turn, paints many of Horiyoshi III's female clients. This second collection of works is truly remarkable. There is an afterward by Horiyoshi III in both Japanese and English as well as one by Kaname himself. This volume is predominately Shibari art - Japanese rope binding - so is graphic in nature. It is hardback, bound in blue silk and comes in a cardboard box for protection. First edition, first printing.

Ozuma Kaname Prints - set of 5 - Women
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Size: 14.5" x 21.5" - Published: 2008 - Price: $65

This is a set of 5 prints, just released, from Japanese Artist Ozuma Kaname. Famous for his portraits of tattooed women (as well as paintings of shibari) Kaname has done portraits of some truly stunning tattoos, not to mention women. He is friends with Japanese master tebori tattoo artist Horiyoshi III, whose customers Kaname regularly has pose for him. This print set was just released in Japan. All 5 prints are reproduced on high quality paper, are sent flat to avoid any creases before framing. They are 55cm x 37.5 cm (21.6" x 14.7") and would make a beautiful addition to any wall - shop or home! This set is all of women, there is a second set available of his animal imagery that is equally stunning.

Ozuma Kaname Prints - set of 5 - Animals
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Size: 14.5" x 21.5" - Published: 2008 - Price: $65


This listing is for a set of 5 prints, just released, from Japanese Artist Ozuma Kaname. Famous for his portraits of tattooed women (as well as paintings of shibari) Kaname has done portraits of some truly stunning tattoos, not to mention women. He is friends with Japanese master tebori tattoo artist Horiyoshi III, whose customers Kaname regularly has pose for him. This print set was just released in Japan. All 5 prints are reproduced on high quality paper, are sent flat to avoid any creases before framing. They are 55cm x 37.5 cm (21.6" x 14.7") and would make a beautiful addition to any wall - shop or home! This set is of animal and deities and includes a dragon/tiger, a horse, a tiger, Kannon on a dragon and the seven gods of fortune. There is a second set available of his portraits of tattooed women that is equally stunning

 

Tattoo Mystique by Angelique HoutKamp

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Size: 7.5" x 9.5" - Published: 2009 - Price: $24

This is the second publication by Dutch tattoo artist Angelique Houtkamp, who has made quite a name for herself in the contemporary art scene with her magnificent old school tattoo artistry and paintings. Her pin-ups are brilliant and her artwork is fresh while still remaining loyal to old school traditions in style. This follow up to Tattoo Darling has some fun new material that made us giggle (and want to get tattooed!!). I personally love the old school carnival element to this collection.

Ozuma Kaname's Tattoo Fantasy

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Size: 8 " x 11.5" - Pages: 146 - Published: 2003 - Price: $245 - Hardcover in sleeve

This is by far my favorite Kaname publication. It includes 75 full page full color illustrations and 18 pages of sketches and mdels photos. This book is predominately portraits with a few amazing renditions of popular tattoo motifs - dragons, tiger, a kirin and a brilliant fujin and raijin. This book does not include any of the shibari (rope bondage) imagery found in his earlier publications. All in all a beautiful book, both inside and out, and a must have for any serious collector of Japanese Tattoo reference art.

 

 

Japanese "Outlaw Art" Journal - featuring Horiyoshi III, Shige & Tenmyouya Hisashi

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Size: 5.5 " x 8.5" - Pages: 212 - Published: 2009 - Price: $32 - Softcover

This is a monthly art journal whose September issue covers "Outlaw Art" and includes interviews with Horiyoshi III, Shige and Tenmyouya Hisashi. The text is in Japanese but there are enough photos inside to make it worth pitching to international collectors. The entire issue is filled with cool photos and odd illustrations....it features some rad images of the bosozoku gangs which Hisashi often draws from. Pretty cool little book.

 

Ozuma Kaname's Tattooed Beauties OOP


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Size: 6” x 9” - Pages: 239 - Published: 2006 - Price: $225 - Binding: Softcover


I just got my paws on this awesome little book - used but in near mint condition. It is softcover and 239 pages of full color/full page prints - no text, all paintings. This was a limit printing and these books are hard to find, even here in Japan. Born in Niigata, Japan in 1939 Kaname incorperates two of his perceived world of beauty into his artwork - tattooed Japanese women and shibari (Japanese rope bondage). His work is often inspired by customers of his friend, master tattooist Horiyoshi III. This collection of works is all shibari and quite intense. A must have for Kaname collectors.

 

Art of Tattooist 2010 - Gallery Exhibition Catalog

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Size: 8.5 " x 11.5" - Pages: 80 - Published: 2010 - Price: $42 - Softcover

At present this is a Gomineko exclusive! An amazing collection of artwork exhibited in the "Art of Tattooist" show in Yokohama, December 2010. This collection of artwork features some of Japan's best tattooers making this book a must have for every collector of Japanese tattoo imagery. Contributors include: Horitomo, Horiyuki, Horishachi, Akatsuki, Horikiku, Horisen, Sezuki, Hougen, FukushimaHorimasu, Yokohama Horiken, Shige, 14th Horitoku, Horimomo, Okamoto, Shigetoshi, Daisei, Tomo, Yuya, Horizaru, Reiko, Yokosuka Horitetsu, Horigyn, Horisei, Horifuji, Daichi, Yondaime Horikazu, Wakamoto, Aya, Carlos, Horifuki, Shibuya Horimasa, Yutaro, Horisho, Tsubama, Eight, Makoto, Nishiikebukuro Horitoshi, Kobayashi, Nami, Yu-ta, Ogi, Satoshi, Yashin, AIkeda, Horitaka, Horitsuki, So and Mutsuo. Stunning.

 

Nyonin Kurikara Hada (lit. Lady Tattoo Skin) - Ozuma Kaname

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Size: 8" x 11.5" - Pages: 144 - Published: 2010 - Price: $245 - Hardcover in Cardboard Box

Ozuma Kaname has done is again! This is an beautifully presented volume of illustrations of predominately portraits of women featuring the tattoo artwork of Horiyoshi III. It does include some shibari (robe bondage) images towards the end, but is predominated renditions of posing nude tattooed women, reminicent of his second book, Tattooing. The fabric bound book comes in a fabric folder, bound in a cardboard box and is stunning, start to finish. (My scans do not do it justice....my settings are really off. Sorry!!)

 

UNPLUGGED 2 Tattoo Art and Imagery from Magnum Opus Show

 

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Size: 8" x 12 " - Pages: 200 - Published: 2009 - Price: $95 - Hardcover

This is a beautiful collection of tattoo art and imagery from some of the best in the business. Drawn up from the Unplugged art show put on by Magnum Opus, this book includes 200 pages of jaw dropping material. The collection is printed on high quality paper and bound in an 8.5" x 12" beautifully embossed hardcover. A must have for collectors....

Artists list includes, Uncle Allan, Rei and Hata, Henning Jourgensen, Ade, Kore and Brenda Flatmo, Dan Sinnes, Lal Hardy, Jo Harrison, Bunshin Horitoshi, Chad Koeplinger, Shone, Scott Sylvia, Valerie Vargas and so so so many more....

 

 

Done With Electricity

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Size: 8" x 10.5 " - Pages: 248 - Published: 2010 - Price: $100 - Hardcover

This is a beautiful collection of tattoo imagery from 64 of the best Tattooers in Australia and New Zealand.. Artists list includes, Bugsy, Rachi Park, Owen Williams, William Yoneyama, Adam Kitamoto, Mick Squires, Malika Rose, Dan Smith, Hamish McLauchlan, Dean Sacred, Aureole, Mimsy, and so so so many more.....forward by Chad Koeplinger.

 

 

Spit Spit Spit

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Size: 8.5" x 11.5 " - Pages: 96 - Published: 2010 - Price: $58 - Softcover

This is an awesome new collection of Japanese traditional and New School illustrations from some Of Japan's hottest new tattoo artists. Featuring the work (in no specific order) of Cotton Pickin Hiroyuki, Horigyn from Sword of Rebel, Yu-Ta from Rad Make Tattoo, Horitake from 8 Ball Tattoo and Horisei from Trip on Design. This collection explored traditional Japanese tattoo motives such as dragons, and buddhist deities as well as Japanese style traditional imagery and some brilliant Japanese new school designs. Hot Stuff makes an appearance or two,a s well as some amazing skulls and birds...this is a refreshingly new collection and a must have for anyone attempting to keep their fingers on the pulse of what's going on in the Japanese tattoo scene.

 

 

Unobserved - A Celebration of Obscure Holidays and Observances

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Size: 5.5 " x 7.5 " - Pages: 220 - Published: 2011 - Price: $45 - Beautiful Cloth Wrapped Hardcover

This is a beautiful collection of illustrations centered around both popular and obscure holidays. Presented like a diary of sorts, this unique little book features the creations of over 150 artists. Zach and Ezra, from Triple Crown Tattoo, have done a wonderful job creating an original project that allows tattoo artists to flex their artistic and creative skills. These books are limited to a 1000 copy run, are hand numbered and will sell out so snatch up you copy today.

 

Tattoo Parlour - Artists from the World of Tattooing

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Size: 8.5 " x 11.5 " - Pages: 128 - Published: 2011 - Price: $26 - Softcover

This is a awesome new publication from Australia's Outre Press. Featuring the artwork of Alex Binnie, Angelique Houtkamp, Christopher Conn Askew, Dr. Lakra, Mike Giant, Scott Campbell, Shawn Barber and Thomas Hooper. Includes introductory text for each artist in English.

 

Tattooing Uber Alles: Volume 1 - The Germans

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Size: 21cm x 30cm - Pages: 256 - Published: 2012 - Price: $100 - Binding: Hardcover

This is a brand new survey book from Buddy Olli profiling many of Germany's top tattooers. Beautifully bound this book is printed in both German and English and includes a short interview of each artist, sketches, paintings and photos of his/her tattoo work. Awesome. Artists include Sandor Jordan, Jens Gossling, Chriss Dettmer, Imme Bohme, Andreas Coenen, Florian Ziebart, Soren Sangkuhl, Marc Alter, Dirk Reuter, Pino Cafaro, Sara Rosenbaum, Rode, Fred Altmann, Pete Gorlitz, Saxe, Roberto Seifert, Jurgen Eckel, Markus Lenhard, Simone Pfaff & Volko Merschky and Andi Knospe....lots of food for thought!

 

Tattoo Beauty Grief - Kaname - OOP

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Size: 6 " x 8 " - Pages: 140 - Published: 2011 - Price: $100 - Softcover

This is a survey book of Ozuma Kaname's tattooed ladies in bondage. It went out of print fast but I have a few copies. The illustrations are clear and full page, featuring some imagery from his earlier out of print volumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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